Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Steven and Tiwonge are Convicted




To no one's surprise, a court in Malawi convicted the two of "gross indecency" for announcing their marriage (they were arrested before any ceremony took place). Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga now face a 14 year sentence. Hell, they might as well have robbed a bank while they were at it.

"In Malawi, we don't allow men to marry men or women to marry women," said Dickens Mwambazi. "I think 90% of the crowd here agree with the ruling."

And I'm sure that if 90% of the crowd said that the earth was flat, that would make it so.

I hear nothing but crickets coming from Canterbury, from the Vatican, from just about every Christian bishop on earth. Their silence on this matter bears witness against them and voids any moral authority on any matter that they would claim as far as I'm concerned.

I will assume that this is what all of these bishops in their heart of hearts want to see for me and my kind.

Silence is consent.

7 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

I will assume that this is what all of these bishops in their heart of hearts want to see for me and my kind.

I don't blame you for thinking that, Counterlight. Another of my heros says:

Silence is the voice of complicity.
Fr. Roy Bourgeois

It's scandalous.

James said...
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James said...

Silence is complicity is such an accurate statement.

"THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up"

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Turns my stomach...this sampling of the madness in Malawi, ¨we don't allow men to marry men or women to marry women," said Dickens Mwambazi...and they didn´t did they? Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga are being sent to prison for a offense they didn´t commit! Oh, it was their ¨intention¨ to commit themselves to one another? Dangerous stuff if a Anglican Diocese where poisoning of minds and persons is a REAL LIFE unprosecuted specialty. ¨Dirty¨ Dickens Mwambazi is obviously a great candidate to become Bishop of Lake Malawi, but wait, that´s been ¨arranged¨ already by other brilliant blowsmokes who already sold their Soul for First Class trips to Singapore GAFCON, lots of banquets and all the religious finery they can make fit (and disguise themselves in)!

JCF said...

There are no words.

Only screams.

JCF said...

The silence has been broken.

No, not the Church (of course not!), but the State . . . Dept:

The United States is deeply disappointed in today’s conviction of same-sex couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi," said assistant secretary Phillip J. Crowley at a press briefing Wednesday. "We view the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as a step backward in the protection of human rights in Malawi. The Government of Malawi must respect the human rights of all of its citizens. The United States views the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as integral to the protection of human rights in Malawi and elsewhere in the world.

Well, it's something.

Found here.

Counterlight said...

Three cheers for our State Department and for Hillary! I'm especially pleased to see gender identity explicitly included in the statement.

Once again, the churches drop the ball and bring up the rear on a major humanitarian issue (and on this one, they're not even in the parade but at home in bed asleep).

What's all this I hear about the "moral authority" of Christian institutions?

Feh!